Visiting Archivist

Columbus State University

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Visiting Archivist

Job ID: 243116
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Summary
The Schwob Memorial Library at Columbus State University seeks applicants for a Visiting Archivist for Photographic Collections. This position is a one year appointment with a focus on photographic collections. The position will primarily oversee the processing of a recent acquisition of historic photographs. This includes surveying the collection to assess condition, address preservation needs, compile descriptive metadata, and uploading to the Digital Archives powered by Omeka. The candidate may lead and coordinate a team of student assistants and volunteers for this project. The candidate will also engage in outreach efforts to promote this new collection.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Follows specialized, established procedures for processing archival acquisitions.
  • Upload digitized photographs and metadata to the Digital Archives.
  • Participates in outreach efforts including social media, newsletter, and programming
  • Participates in the maintenance and preservation/conservation of materials.
  • Trains and supervises student assistants and volunteers as appropriate.

Required Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, MA in History, or a related field, experience processing archival photographic collections, and experience working with collection management applicaitons. The successful candidate will have knowledge of archival theory and methodology; knowledge of arranging and describing archives and manuscript collections; proficiency with computers and software applications such as Microsoft Office and Photoshop; familiarity with digital asset and collections management applications such as Omeka, Archives Space, and ContentDM; the ability to think creatively, take initiative, solve problems, and work independently; strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and the community; commitment to customer service; and the ability to lift up to thirty pounds.

Preferred Qualifications
Supervisory experience and experience working in an academic or special collection archive are preferred.

Proposed Salary
The annualized salary range is $50,000 to $55,000.

Required Documents to Attach
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at 706-507-8920 or e-mail to [email protected].

Conditions of Employment
Successful completion of a criminal background investigation and legal authorization to work in the US prior to employment is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Columbus State University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a sense of belongingness for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. It is the policy of Columbus State University to recruit, hire, train, promote, and educate persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Special Applicant Instructions
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. All applications and required documents must be submitted using Columbus State University's online employment site and a complete packet must be submitted for full consideration. If applicable, any international transcripts must be evaluated by an approved foreign credential evaluator prior to submission.

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Founded in 1958, Columbus State University, with an enrollment of over 8,000, is part of the University System of Georgia. CSU offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is ranked among the top public regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. It maintains two campuses: its original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus, and its RiverPark campus, nestled in the city’s historic downtown overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Columbus, Georgia, located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and the second-largest city in Georgia, is recognized as a vibrant and contemporary cultural community, which is an asset to the university’s recruitment and retention success. With an annual economic impact exceeding $247 million, CSU is a top-10 employer in a community of 350,000 residents that is also home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. Learn more about the area and its diverse business, recreational and social amenities at

The university’s 14 men’s and women’s NCAA Division II sports teams compete in the Peach Belt Conference, which adds to CSU’s vibrant campus life experience. The university serves the greater Columbus region through its abundant art, music and theatre offerings, as well as its nationally recognized outreach programs that span topics ranging from art and science appreciation to leadership development.

Guiding the university is its current seven-year strategic plan ( and the core values that undergird it and all that Columbus State is. CSU’s commitment to fostering greater inclusion and diversity, found among its core values, includes a focus on attaining “a level of diversity among faculty and staff that more closely reflects the student population.” This commitment is woven through the university’s student and employee recruitment, retention and mentoring programs.
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